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Jacob deGrom’s MRI reveales no ligament damage

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deGrom is planning to start on Monday.

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The Mets have announced that an MRI on Jacob deGrom’s elbow was clean and revealed no structural or any other type of damage. Mickey Callaway told reporters that deGrom will resume playing catch tomorrow and has been cleared to make his start on Monday, provided that he feels good and experiences no lingering soreness.

Of course a lot can happen between now and Monday, but this is about the best possible news Mets fans could have hoped for. deGrom being sidelined for a long period of time would be a huge blow to the Mets, as he has been their best starter this year and the most consistent member of the rotation over the past few years. In the injury-riddled season of 2017, deGrom was the one stalwart of the staff.

deGrom has a 1.87 ERA over his seven starts this year, which is fourth-best in the National League among starters with at least 30 innings pitched. His 1.7 fWAR is tied for first in the National League with Max Scherzer among starting pitchers.